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Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy department's ministers named

The newly-created Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy department has confirmed the ministerial briefs, including the ministerial portfolios for climate change and energy efficiency. The department will be led by Greg Clark, the Secretary of State.

In response to the news he said:  “I am thrilled to have been appointed to lead this new department charged with delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy, leading government’s relationship with business, furthering our world-class science base, delivering affordable, clean energy and tackling climate change.

I’m supported by a great ministerial team and we will work tirelessly to deliver on all of these areas, which are vital for the future success of our country.”

Jesse Norman MP, has been named as the new construction minister, he will also hold remit for a raft of industrial and energy policy, including nuclear and shale gas.  His responsibility also extends to industrial policy for technology, aerospace, infrastructure, the rail supply chain and professional services.

Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe has been appointed as the new minister of state for energy and intellectual property.  She will lead on energy policy, which will include low carbon generation and energy security as well as nuclear, oil and gas (including shale gas).

The new minister for climate change and industry is Nick Heard MP.  Heard will have responsibility for carbon budgets, meeting climate change targets and the green economy, which will include the Green Investment Bank.

Margot James MP is the minister for small business, consumers and corporate responsibility.  Her responsibilities include labour markets including trade union and employment law.

Theresa May has now confirmed all of the key roles relating to construction in her new government.

Other key roles are Robert Halfon, the skills and apprentices minister, Chris Grayling who is the transport secretary and communities’ secretary, Sajid Javid, along with his junior minister, Gavin Barwell whose remit is housing and planning.  Ben Gummer is Cabinet Office minister, with responsibilities for the governments’ construction strategy; this includes cost-cutting, procurement and Business Information Modelling (BIM)

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